FEBRUARY 1, 2019

ICRE features mentors during National Mentoring Month

Mentoring is the key to helping trainees successfully navigate their individual career path. Effective mentoring can be the difference between reaching independence and missing the mark. At the ICRE, we prioritize mentorship and are grateful for the outstanding mentors of our trainees.

During the month of January, the ICRE recognized 5 faculty members who exemplify what it means to be a mentor. See their responses below when asked “What does being a mentor means to you?”.

“Mentoring is one of my greatest priorities and is a huge source of professional satisfaction. I feel that it is my responsibility as an educator and leader to leverage my expertise to help others achieve success. It’s a way to pay forward the valuable mentoring and coaching that I have received over the years.”

Carla L. Spagnoletti, MD, MS
Director, Academic Clinician-Educator Scholars (ACES) Fellowship in General Internal Medicine
Director, Masters and Certificate Programs in Medical Education
Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

“The best part of mentoring is watching my mentees develop and flourish over time. When my mentees succeed, I feel incredibly proud of them and am honored to be on their team.”

Jennifer Brach, PhD, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

“Being an effective mentor means learning from your mentees as much as they learn from you.”

Kaleab Z. Abebe, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics, and Clinical & Translational Science
Director, Center for Research on Health Care Data Center
Director, Center for Clinical Trials & Data Coordination
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“I mentor because our students and trainees are the future of medicine.”

Jordan F. Karp, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, and Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“For me, mentoring is energizing and fun. Working closely with bright people who are interested in learning is really quite rewarding.”

Kenneth J. Smith, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science

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